How to Get Rid of a Stye | Eye Stye Treatments

How to Get Rid of a Stye | Eye Stye Treatments

Stye or Chalazion are two different abnormal eye conditions, though commonly confused as “one of the same.” More often than not, leaning toward being diagnosed as an eye stye, especially by self-proclaimed home doctors refusing to seek the proper medical care. This big mistake can lead to big troubles with such a sensitive body part.

Few things can be agreed upon, and They are an embarrassing, nasty eye condition to have; nobody wants to walk around with an oozing, gooey eye straight out of a creature feature film. Avoidance at all cost, but in reality, sooner or later, a stye or Chalazion will be hiding, festering quietly, waiting for it is its unwelcome appearance.

Stye or Chalazion The Difference

Symptoms and how to identify the common eye stye have been written about in an informative post published earlier on this blog. Without having to repeat, please look at this post titled “Stye Symptoms and Signs” for an in-depth look at recognizing the common eye stye.

So let’s learn more about the “Chalazion”, shall we?

In layman’s terms, it’s a cyst that forms on the upper eyelid, caused by blockage of the Meibomian Gland. This gland has an essential job, and it supplies a substance that is oily in texture, helping to lessen the evaporation of tear film in the eyes.

When this cyst forms, they are pretty significant for the eye region, one would think of “pain”, and this is where a significant difference lies between these two conditions. These cysts are usually painless, whereas styles can cause some of the most unpleasant eye pain one has ever experienced.

Both can be expectantly inflamed, but the Chalazion will be found to develop and point inside the upper lid towards the eyeball, unlike a stye which prefers to infect, claiming the outer lid area or margin to develop on.

Eye Styes can take up to two weeks to completely heal, which is perfectly normal for a healthy individual. Still, a chalazion could take months to heal and, in the worst cases that have been reported, years to recover without significant complications also getting in the way.

Please, if you think you have this terrible growth on your eyelid, do not pass it off as something minor. Seek professional medical advice.

Are Styes Contagious or Not?

Technically, styes are contagious, and the bacteria can be passed from one person to another by touch. For example, if one person has a style and rubs their eyes, then touches someone else’s eyes, they can pass the bacteria onto them.

In practice, however, catching a style from someone else is quite unlikely.

Firstly, it’s not often we have cause to touch someone else’s eyes with our fingers or ‘rub eyes’ with someone. Secondly, even if the bacteria is transferred to another person, it must then find a way into an eyelash follicle or gland to develop into a stye. Unless the person already has a blocked hair, the bacteria won’t infect them.

So, to summarise, although styes are contagious, there’s no need to take a day off work or avoid contact with others until it’s healed as the likelihood of passing on the condition is very small.

Can You Pop a Stye?

The only way to safely pop a stye is by applying the warm compress described. Holding a flannel soaked in hot water against a stye will encourage it to pop and the pus to drain.

Under no circumstances should you try to pop a stye by squeezing it. As well as being excruciatingly painful, you can potentially damage the tissue around your eyelid and risk re-infection and another style developing.

So, whatever you do, my advice is to not even contemplate popping a stye by hand.

The Difference Between Internal Styes and External Styes

 External styes are perhaps the most common. They form on the outer eyelid so that the head points outwards. This makes them quite visible when looking in the mirror (although not all external styes are visual).

An external stye is caused by the infection of an eyelash follicle, sebaceous gland or apocrine/moll gland. Internal styes are seen less frequently and develop on the inside of the eyelid, with the head pointing inwards.

Although they can still result in a lump on the eyelid, they are distinguishable because they appear to have no white/yellow head (although you may be able to see the head if you turn your eyelid inside out).

Internal styes are an infection of a meibomian gland – this is a special gland that secretes the substance that creates the tear film over the eyeball.

Signs and Symptoms that can be expected with a Stye or Chalazion

Looking at these below, one can see how easy it is to mistake the two, as the similarities overlap.

In both conditions, you will have and experience the following;

  • Growth or Swelling on the eyelid
  • Tenderness to the touch
  • Painful light sensitivity
  • Tearing of the eye area in increased amounts
  • Eyelid has become heavy, giving a droopy appearance.

Sometimes more than words are needed, and to fully understand the difference, let’s go to a visual. Please note this video might be too graphic for some viewers, so enter at your own risk. Just kidding, it’s not that bad.

List of eye stye treatments that will aid in “How to get rid of a stye.”

• Very first remedy that needs to be done first cleanse the infected area with mild soap and warm water. This will terminate any built crust that may have formed.

• Emptying the pus and burst from the eye alone is much welcome relief. This is done by applying a warm compress to the eye 4-6 times a day, for at least 10 minutes, using a soft clean washcloth. Repeat this step as often as possible throughout the day.

• Moisten a tea bag in warm water, and use it as a compress. The tannic acid in the tea helps to shrink the stye. When first applied to the style, it will more than likely produce a stinging feeling from the acid, but the irritation and Swelling will die down quickly. It works very well. One of the best is how to get rid of stye home treatments.

• To reduce pain, redness and Swelling, use warm Guava leaves, placed on a warm compress, and hold to the eye. It works lovely, but finding these at the local market may be difficult. Health stores and speciality groceries stores would be ideal places to look.

• Coriander seeds, found in the spice aisle at most food stores, are a very beneficial treatment to get rid of a stye. This remedy should be prepared by boiling about a cup of water, with the seeds mixed in, just like if making tea. Use this mixture to wash the area 3-5 times a day.

• Fresh parsley has been a traditional home treatment used for decades. Simple to prepare. Toss a fist full of fresh parsley into a mixing bowl, mix in a cup of boiling water and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Using a clean washcloth, dip in liquid. Use as a compress, and leave on the eye for 15 minutes. Terrific for fetching down puffiness and swelling around the eyes.

• Tee tree oil, added to a steaming bowl of water, hover face over steam with a towel draped over the head. Tee tree oil can be found in health stores and sold in small bottles.

If all else fails, still more choices help to “How to get rid of a stye.”

Over-the-counter treatments such as Tylenol, Advil and Motrin can help relieve pain and discomfort. Also, stye ointments are available at all drugstores, but these are non-antibiotic, anything more substantial, a visit to the doctor is in order.

Letting a stylist it’s a course on its own is an option, and many people do, let the human body fight this infection naturally, which will take between one and two weeks to heal completely on its own.

Barry Beannew

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